“Africa’s children have the right to digital access, and we need to ensure that their rights are protected through initiatives such as Shape the Future so that we can prepare them better for the knowledge economy for the 21st century,” says Fasil Bekele referring to the digital inclusion programme that Microsoft has undertaken with several African governments. Bekele is the Public Private Alliances Lead for Microsoft Sub Saharan Africa. As a keynote speaker at eLearning Africa 2012, Bekele will give conference attendees even greater insight not only into the vision, but the general strategies he feels are needed to help Africa bridge the digital divide. Bekele has almost two decades of professional experience in the ICT sector, having held previous posts with a host of multi-national companies including Intel, AMD and Ernst & Young. His work in IT consultancy, in financial management and in chairing standards advisory councils gives him a comprehensive view of how businesses can deliver profitable growth and stay on a sustainable path.